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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi turns 65 in confinement

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi turns 65 in confinement

By The Associated Press

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 8:29 p.m.

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi marked her 65th birthday Saturday locked in her dilapidated lakeside compound as calls for her freedom erupted around the world.

President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded Suu Kyi’s release in statements echoed at rallies and prayer vigils. Supporters threw a birthday party at the suburban Yangon home of a fellow opposition member. It was attended by more than 300 people but not the guest of honor.

A shadow of a Myanmarese is seen as she speaks at Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday celebration in New Delhi, India, Saturday, June 19, 2010. Suu Kyi marked her 65th birthday Saturday locked in her dilapidated lakeside compound as calls for her freedom erupted around the world. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Holding candles and yellow roses, they lit a birthday cake with 65 candles and released 65 doves into the sky while chanting, “Long Live Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.” Plainclothes security watched and videotaped the event.

Suu Kyi has now spent 15 birthdays in detention over the past 20 years, mostly under house arrest. She is the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace laureate.

A Myanmar refugee holds a candle during an event to celebrate the 65th birthday of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

“It is very sad that she cannot celebrate her birthday in freedom,” said her lawyer Nyan Win.

Confined to her home, Suu Kyi planned to celebrate by providing a lunch of chicken curry and an Indian-style flat bread for the three dozen construction workers helping to renovate her crumbling two-story mansion, Nyan Win said.

A Myanmar refugee living in Malaysia releases a pigeon during an event to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

The tight security surrounding Suu Kyi’s home allowed the delivery of a birthday cake and a bouquet of roses, orchids and lilies sent by political supporters. Members of her National League for Democracy party are planting 20,000 trees around the country, mostly on the grounds of Buddhist monasteries, to mark the occasion.

A confidante, Win Tin, made an impassioned plea for Suu Kyi’s release.

“To the international community I want to reiterate her words: ‘Please use your liberty to promote ours,'” said Win Tin, who co-founded the party with Suu Kyi and himself spent nearly 20 years jailed as a political prisoner.

A Myanmar refugee in a traditional costume holds a candle during an event to celebrate the 65th birthday of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Global condemnation over her imprisonment has failed to change the junta’s harsh attacks on all dissent or soften their stance on Suu Kyi, whose steely grace, charisma and popularity have remained in tact despite her long confinement.

Ahead of historic elections planned for later this year, Suu Kyi remains the biggest threat to the ruling junta. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been dominated by military rule since 1962.

The vote will be the first in two decades. Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won the last election in 1990, but was never allowed to take power.

A protester eats a birthday cake during a rally outside the Myanmar Embassy at Manila’s financial district of Makati, Philippines, Friday, June 18, 2010. The protesters called for the release of Myanmar’s detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi who turns 65 on Saturday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Obama praised Suu Kyi’s “determination, courage and personal sacrifice in working for human rights and democratic change in Burma inspire all of us who stand for freedom and justice.”

“I once again call on the Burmese government to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners,” Obama said in a statement.

The U.N. chief said he remains “deeply concerned” that Suu Kyi is still under house arrest.

“I have been persistently, consistently demanding that all the political prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi should be released without condition as soon as possible so that they would be able to participate in the political process,” Ban said. Daw is a term of respect in Myanmar.

British Ambassador to Indonesia Martin Hatfull speaks to the media against a background of a large banner of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a press conference outside the British Embassy in Jakarta , Indonesia, Friday, June 18, 2010. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who will celebrate her 65th birthday on Saturday, has been detained by the country’s military ruler for 14 of the past 20 years. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana )

In Britain, where concern for the jailed democracy leader runs high, Prime Minister David Cameron wrote Suu Kyi an open letter telling her that he had “long found your example deeply inspiring.”

“The injustice of your continuing detention mirrors the injustice that the regime has inflicted on your country and your people for so many years,” Cameron wrote.

Britain’s Foreign Office encouraged people from around the world to post birthday greetings on Facebook that British diplomats have pledged to pass on to Suu Kyi’s representatives.

Refugee children from Myanmar hold posters of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they sing a song during an event to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Suu Kyi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, June 18, 2010. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate will celebrate her 65th birthday on Saturday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Under new election laws, Suu Kyi and other political prisoners – estimated at more than 2,000 – are effectively barred from taking part in the polls. The NLD has called the laws unfair and undemocratic and is boycotting the vote, which critics have dismissed as a sham designed to cement military rule. The party was disbanded after refusing to register for the elections by a May 6 deadline.

A refugee from Myanmar wears a T-shirt with a print of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she sings a song during an event to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, June 18, 2010. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate will celebrate her 65th birthday on Saturday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Suu Kyi’s detention was extended by 18 months in August 2009 when she was convicted of violating the terms of her house arrest by briefly harboring an American intruder. The sentence will keep her locked away during the elections.

Birthday candles are lit in front of an image of Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a small party of her 65th birthday at a home of a member of her party National League for Democracy Party Friday, June. 18, 2010 in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Activists and politicians have rallied from Sydney to Brussels to wish the opposition leader a happy birthday and demand her release. More candlelight vigils, concerts and Buddhist prayer ceremonies were planned later Saturday in European and American cities.

Associated Press writers Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok , Rohan Sullivan in Sydney, Raphael Satter in London and Aoife White in Brussels contributed to this report.

The Associated Press

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jun/19/myanmars-aung-san-suu-kyi-turns-65-in-confinement/

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 20, 2010 at 9:46 am

Suu Kyi thanks supporters for birthday wishes

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Suu Kyi thanks supporters for birthday wishes

by Phanida

Tuesday, 23 June 2009 12:56

Mizzima

Chiang Mai (mizzima) – Burma’s opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has thanked the thousands of people both at home and abroad who wished her a ‘Happy 64th Birthday’ on June 19, which she spent confined in Rangoon’s Insein Prison.

The Burmese pro-democracy leader, during a meeting with her lawyers on Monday, conveyed her sincere gratitude to all supporters and well-wishers for remembering her on her birthday and wishing her good health.

Nyan Win, one of her lawyers as well as her party’s spokesperson, relayed the following message on her behalf, “As I am in no place to personally reply to all those who wish me well on my birthday, please convey my gratitude to all on my behalf.”

On Friday, June 19, as the Burma’s democracy icon turned 64, supporters, activists and well-wishers both inside Burma and abroad held various activities to mark her birthday and to call for her release. Birthday activities ranged from simple protests rallies to solidarity concerts and internet messaging.

World leaders including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as well as celebrities including David Beckham and Julia Roberts sent a 64-word birthday message through the website 64wordsforsuu.com, created explicitly for the occasion.

The birthday wishes and activities calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi came as the Burmese opposition leader is facing trial in Insein prison under charges of breaching her detention law, which could find her spending another five years under detention if convicted.

On Monday, her legal team of four lawyers – Nyan Win, Kyi Win, Hla Myo Myint and Daw Khin Htay Kywe – was allowed a meeting with her in Insein Prison for about three hours to discuss the case and ongoing trial.

Nyan Win, however, declined to explain further details of their discussion.

Last week, the High Court accepted an appeal by her lawyers to review an earlier ruling to bar two out of the four defense witnesses. Arguments for the inclusion of all defense witnesses are scheduled to be heard tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the case against Aung San Suu Kyi is currently set to reconvene on Friday with the testimony of the second defense.

http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/2344-suu-kyi-thanks-supporters-for-birthday-wishes.html

Suu Kyi passes on a message of thanks

June 23, 2009 (DVB)–

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has expressed her regret that she cannot personally thank those who marked her birthday on Friday, according to lawyers who met with Suu Kyi yesterday.

The National League for Democracy leader was allowed to meet with her four legal representatives yesterday afternoon at her unit inside Insein prison. According to lawyer Nyan Win, they discussed the legal tools available in her ongoing trial, the next hearing of which is scheduled for 26 June.

“One thing I can say now is, she said thank you to all those who wish her happy birthday, home and abroad,” he said, adding that she stressed to her well-wishers to “please understand that I can’t thank you individually now”.

To mark her birthday she had ordered 50 packets of Biryani rice, chocolate cake and flowers to be distributed to fellow staff and inmates, and was able to carry this out, said Nyan Win.

Tomorrow lawyers of Suu Kyi will argue for the inclusion of two witnesses, Tin Oo and Win Tin. Both were disqualified by judges in May, but the court has accepted an appeal to reconsider their admittance.

A third witness, Khin Mo Mo, a supreme court lawyer from Shan state’s Taunggyi, who was initially disqualified but later readmitted will find out on 26 June the date she will be appearing as a witness.

Suu Kyi reportedly reiterated yesterday her frustration at the lack of legal transparency in Burma.

“It is very important that there is the rule of law here; it has been very weak,” Nyan Win quoted her as saying. “The rule of law is the most important thing.”

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

http://www.dvb.no/english/news.php?id=2646

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm

World focus on Burma (21 June 2009)

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‘Free Suu Kyi’ picks up steam in Seoul

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A court in Burma has sentenced two supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 months in prison after they prayed for her release. …

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From the North to the South

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… Myanmar reached an agreement in 2007 paving the way for a nuclear research center and reactor in the southeastern Asian country formerly known as Burma.

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Confronted by the halo surrounding Aung San Suu-Kyi and the Dalai Lama, the junta in Yangon and the Politburo in Beijing look like incarnations of Darth …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Global Well-Wishers Commemorate Burma’s Suu Kyi’s 64th Birthday

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Global Campaign Marks Suu Kyi’s 64th Birthday

Global rallies demand release of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on her 64th birthday

YANGON, Myanmar June 19, 2009 (AP)

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi shared rice and chocolate cake with her prison guards to celebrate her 64th birthday Friday, as global condemnation of her trial galvanized rallies in capitals around the world.

European Union nations marked the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s birthday by warning they would step up sanctions against Myanmar’s military government if she is not released.

Suu Kyi, who is being held in a “guest house” at Yangon’s notorious Insein Prison, faces up to five years in jail on charges of violating the terms of her house arrest after an uninvited American man swam to her tightly guarded lakeside home and stayed two days.

Several miles (kilometers) from the prison, hundreds of supporters released 64 sparrows and 10 doves at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party and sang “Happy Birthday.”

Suu Kyi’s lawyer, Nyan Win, took cakes, orchids and “birthday messages from her friends and the international community” to her at the prison along with 50 lunch boxes of rice to share with the prison staff.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=7877768

Global Well-Wishers Commemorate Burma’s Suu Kyi’s 64th Birthday

By Julia Ritchey
Washington
20 June 2009

Burma’s famous opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, spent her 64th birthday Friday at a high-security prison outside Rangoon. The pro-democracy leader has spent 13 of the last 19 years under house arrest by the military junta and is currently awaiting the re-opening of her trial on charges of violating her house arrest. Yet for all the government’s attempts to silence Aung San Suu Kyii, her resilience has become the symbol of the movement to bring democracy to Burma.

Human rights advocates around the world renew their call for the release of Burmese pr-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on her 64th birthday, 19 Jun 2009
Human rights advocates around the world renew their call for the release of Burmese pr-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on her 64th birthday, 19 Jun 2009

Human rights advocates around the world are commemorating Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday. It is a time of little celebration for the pro-democracy leader, who spent the day in Burma’s notorious Insein prison outside Rangoon.

Aung San Suu Kyi is charged with violating her house arrest by providing shelter to an American visitor who trespassed on her property in May. Human rights groups consider the trial a pretext for keeping her detained before the country’s 2010 elections.

Rusty Dalizo is with the Free Burma Coalition Philippines, whose group staged a protest Friday in front of the Burmese embassy in Manila.

“We are calling on the brutal and bloody military dictatorship in Rangoon to immediately release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and over 2,000 political prisoners still detained in jails all across the country today,” he said.

Aung San Suu Kyi is the daughter of a prominent figure in Burma’s independence who was assassinated when she was just two years old. She was educated abroad and upon returning to care for her ailing mother in the late 1980s, became politically active in the National League for Democracy party.

She went on to win a landslide victory in elections held by the military regime in 1990. But the military junta, which has run the country since 1962, refused to hand over power and put her under house arrest, where she has spent 13 of the last 19 years.

In Washington Thursday, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission brought supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi together to renew pleas for her release.

Kenneth Wollack, who heads an organization that promotes democracy worldwide, recalls meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi in 1995 and being struck by her sense of humor.

“During my visit, her only request is that I send her books on political humor. ‘If you lose your sense of humor,’ she said, ‘you lose everything.’ I could never have imagined at the time that 14 years later that she would still be held captive in her own country,” he said.

Dr. Sein Win is the prime minister of the Burmese government in exile and a first cousin to Aung San Suu Kyi. He says the government is still afraid of the influence she has over the Burmese people.

Aung San Suu Kyi's supporters light candles on a birthday cake in hopes she will be released before her 65th birthday
Aung San Suu Kyi supporters light candles on a birthday cake in hopes she will be released before her 65th birthday

“We are all very much affected by her courage, by her commitment, and also her readiness to stand up and talk for the people,” he added.

The United States and the EU have imposed strict sanctions on the Burmese government, but with limited effect.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 14 of her birthdays in detention, but her supporters hope she will spend her 65th birthday in freedom.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 21, 2009 at 1:52 am